Our first new song of 2015 is an original by our very own Grady Milligan. “Glory to Glory” is sure to get your blood pumping and your foot tapping. We need more up-tempo tunes, and this one is FUN. But at the heart of all the kinetic energy, the reason we need to sing this is the incredible cry for the King of Glory:
Lion, lover, come and cover me
In this hour make your power all I can see
Cast me from my filthy throne
Take the seat that’s yours alone, my king…
Glory to glory, shekinah from above
Holy, you’re holy, I’m drowning in your love
The word shekinah is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן which means to inhabit, to settle, or to dwell. The word tabernacle is from the same root word. Shekinah doesn’t appear in the Bible, but was used by rabbis to describe the manifestation of the presence of God. For example, at the dedication of Solomon’s temple in 1 Kings 8, “…the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord.” (v11)
In Exodus 33, Moses asked to see God’s glory. Verses 21-23 say:
21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
This encounter with glory was so significant that it made Moses face shine and when he came down from the mountain, it freaked everyone out. They made him cover his face with a veil that he only took off when he went into the tabernacle to speak with God.
So let’s consider 2 Corinthians 3. You should go read the whole chapter, but here are a few verses:
12 Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelites might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end… 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.